The Oklahoma City Thunder surprised many with their game two win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.
After being blown out in embarrassing fashion in the opening encounter of their Western Conference semi-final series, the majority of people were expecting much of the same at the AT&T Center.
Patty Mills missed a three-point shot at the buzzer to hand the Spurs a comeback win. However, there was contention about the inbound play from Dion Waiters that led to the missed opportunity.
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With 13.5 seconds remaining in the game, the shooting guard was struggling to get the ball past Manu Ginobili. He resorted to shoving his elbow into the chest of the Argentinian veteran to make space for the pass.
The foul was not spotted by the official and, despite claiming the ball from a turnover, the Spurs were aggrieved they were not awarded possession due to the foul on Ginobili.
Following the game that saw Oklahoma City level the series heading back to the Chesapeake Energy Arena, lead referee Ken Mauer admitted they missed the call and it should have been an offensive foul against Waiters.
"On the floor, we did not see a foul on the play," Mauer explained. "However, upon further review, we realise and we agree that we should have had an offensive foul on the play. It's a play that we have never seen before, ever, but we feel we should have had an offensive foul on Waiters."
Asked what rule would have applied to a foul committed before the ball was in play, he stated: "An offensive foul. Possession Spurs."
The call from the officials overshadowed what was a fantastic fightback from the Thunder given their poor showing in the opening game.
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant combined to banish the demons that plagued them on Saturday night. The point guard dropped 29 points off 44 percent shooting from the field, provided ten assists, pulled down seven rebounds, stole the ball on two occasions and blocked a shot.
Durant had an equally impressive night on the hardwood as he scored 28 points, shooting 57.9 percent from the field on his 19 attempts, as well as winning seven rebounds, dropping four dimes and producing one block.
Following their below average outings in the first game, it was a real statement of intent moving forward in the series.
Whereas the Spurs were red hot on Saturday, they - apart from LaMarcus Aldridge - were ice cold as they failed to connect with a number of shots that were falling in game one. Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan and Danny Green all saw their field goal percentage significantly diminish.
One thing is for sure, it sets up the series perfectly for game three, and the tension between the two franchises will only rise after that frantic finish.